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Best Bike Racks of 2017

By: Cameron Martindell

Best Bike Racks of 2017

To conduct this thorough test of hitch mounted, tray style bike racks, Test Director Cameron Martindell rotated the racks among his testers which included road cyclists, mountain bikers and casual cruisers. These racks also went on long road trips from Boulder, CO to Maine, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington State to discover their greatest strengths and weaknesses. The racks were tested on six criteria including Setup, Stability, Ease of Use, Versatility, and Features.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our bike trailer testsroad bike testsmountain bike tests, and other related bike gear tests.

RockyMounts SplitRail

89

2017

RockyMounts SplitRail

The RockyMounts SplitRail is an expandable two- to four-bike, wheel hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack and is the easiest rack to use in this test.

Kuat Transfer 2

83

2017

Kuat Transfer 2

The Kuat Transfer is a two- or three- bike, wheel hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack that uses a unique spring-loaded kick plate lever to adjust the tip of the rack.

Rhino Rack Dual Trekker

82

2017

Rhino Rack Dual Trekker

The Rhino Rack Dual Trekker is a two-bike, wheel hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack that is the most solid of the racks tested.

Thule T2 Classic 9044

81

2017

Thule T2 Classic 9044

The Thule T2 Classic 9044 (2” hitch) is an expandable two- to four-bike, wheel hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack and has adjustable lateral width for optimal bike spacing.

Yakima FourTimer

77

2017

Yakima FourTimer

The Yakima FourTimer is a convertible four- to two-bike, frame hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack with a number of adjustable points for various bike types.

About the Author

Cameron Martindell

Cameron Martindell

Cameron Martindell is the Gear Institute's Gear Test Director, responsible for coordinating our gear testing team, recruiting new experts, and maintaining the Gear Institute's editorial standards for product testing. He is also a freelance adventure travel and expedition writer, photographer and filmmaker.

In addition to writing his own popular blog offyonder.com, he is a Senior Editor for Elevation Outdoors Magazine and he has contributed to National Geographic Adventure, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Backpacker, Wired, Alaska Magazine, Australian Geographic, Mountainzone.com and others.

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